We Remember

Official responses

Ron Rordam, Mayor of Blacksburg

The Town of Blacksburg would like to express its deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those touched by the tragedy which occurred today on the campus of Virginia Tech, and in our Town. This was a senseless act of violence which impacted the entire Blacksburg community. We need to come together now as a community and support each other as we grieve.

We must honor those who lost their lives so tragically, remember those who are suffering, and reach out to them with our prayers and support. Our thoughts are with those who witnessed this violence. We remember the emergency personnel who responded and treated so many of the victims. Today is a day to reflect on our many blessings of family, neighbors, and our Blacksburg community, which includes the students of Virginia Tech.

We will grieve individually and as a community, but most importantly we need to be there for each other. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have been touched by this tragedy.

Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine

"It is difficult to comprehend senseless violence on this scale. Our prayers are with the families and friends of these victims, and members of the extended Virginia Tech community.

"The state is working closely with Tech officials, local law enforcement, and the community health system to provide whatever additional resources and support may be needed.

"I urge Virginians to keep these victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers."

President George W. Bush

Our nation is shocked and saddened by the news of the shootings at Virginia Tech today. The exact total has not yet been confirmed, but it appears that more than 30 people were killed and many more were wounded.

I've spoken with Governor Tim Kaine and Virginia Tech President Charles Steger. I told them that Laura and I and many across our nation are praying for the victims and their families and all the members of the university community who have been devastated by this terrible tragedy. I told them that my administration would do everything possible to assist with the investigation, and that I pledged that we would stand ready to help local law enforcement and the local community in any way we can during this time of sorrow.

President George W. Bush delivers a statement Monday, April 16, 2007, regarding the shooting deaths of more than 30 Virginia Tech students. "Today, our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech," said the President. "We hold the victims in our hearts, we lift them up in our prayers, and we ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering today." White House photo by Eric Draper Schools should be places of safety and sanctuary and learning. When that sanctuary is violated, the impact is felt in every American classroom and every American community.

Today, our nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones at Virginia Tech. We hold the victims in our hearts, we lift them up in our prayers, and we ask a loving God to comfort those who are suffering today.

Senator John W. Warner

All Americans join the citizens of Virginia in grieving over the tragic loss of life at Virginia Tech. We mourn the young students and faculty whose lives of promise have been cut short, and those who have been injured, by this incomprehensible act of violence.

In time, Americans will learn more about the circumstances of this senseless tragedy. For now and forever after, our hearts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the other students, faculty and staff of Virginia Tech, and their families.

Virginians are proud of this historic university, and how it has served our state and nation for nearly a century-and-a-half as an exemplary institution of higher learning. That tradition will carry on.

Senator Jim Webb

"I am truly saddened to hear of the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech. My heart goes out to the parents and families of the victims of this senseless act. My office has been in communication with the Governor's office and officials at Virginia Tech to offer any assistance."